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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "scott" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:43:29 +0100
Subject: Get back to me after reading.

Stop contacting them. Because Your fund Is Not with them

I am Mrs Caroline Scott; A United States Citizen, 59 years old. I reside here in Sepulved1, CALIFORNIA, United States,My phone is 818 491 7571. I am thinking of relocating since I am now wealthy.Well I will have to let the cat out of the bag and let this great news known to you, I am one of those that took part in the Compensation awards in Benin Republic many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had spent over $90,000.00 of my life savings while in the USA trying to get my payment but all to no avail.After all this series of criminal acts that happened to me, I decided to travel down to Benin Republic with all my compensation documents as I was directed to meet with one Barrister Stanley Johnson Peterson who happens to be a member of the Compensation Award Committee in Benin. I contacted him and he explained everything to me in detailed information's, He said whoever is contacting us through emails, Phone or whichever means are fake.Barrister Johnson took me to the paying bank fo
r the claim of my compens

Moreover,the lawyer showed me the full list and information's of receivers that has been scheduled to receive their payments but are yet to receive it, While going through this list carefully I saw your email address and other information's as one of the beneficiaries, for this reason I have decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not in any way with your funds and won't stop taking money from you, these people are only stealing from you.Right now I will advise that you contact Barrister, You can contact him directly on this information below.
NAME: Barrister S.J Peterson.
Please Copy His Email:
You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you all sort of lies as your funds is not in anyways with them. They are only taking advantage of you and they will not stop until you have nothing just like they did to me in the past, The only money I paid after I met Barrister is just $321 for the paper works, take note of that.(NOTE: TELLING YOU TO PAY FOR ANY DELIVERY OR COURIER CHARGE IS ALL NOTHING BUT LIES, I REPEAT THE ONLY MONEY YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY AND WHICH I ALSO PAID IS $321 FOR THE ADMINISTRATIVE/ ENDORSEMENT CHARGE AS IMPOSED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND YOUR PACKAGE CONTAINING YOUR CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT CHEQUE WILL BE REACHING YOU THROUGH THE REGULAR MAIL SERVICE.)Once again I urge you to stop contacting those people for your own good, I will advise you to contact Barr. Lucha so that he will help and give you guideline until your funds is delivered to you. Instead of dealing with those people that will be turning you around and asking for d
ifferent kind of upfront

Mrs Caroline Scott

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